Tag Archives: Looney Tunes

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Hare-Way To The Stars

Hare-Way To The Stars

CotD: Mar­vin the Mar­t­ian takes on Bugs Bunny in “Hare-Way To The Stars, and the uni­verse will never be quite the same again.

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rab­bit hang­over, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he’s still in his rab­bit hole. Reach­ing the top, he unwit­tingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is car­ried off by a satel­lite onto a futur­is­tic land­scape of pan­els sus­pended in outer space.

Bugs tries to rent a U-Drive fly­ing saucer from a local char­ac­ter wear­ing a spit­toon: Com­man­der X-2 in his Roman hair­brush hel­met. Mar­vin advises him not to bother, as “the Earth will be gone in just a few sec­onds. I’m going to blow it up– it obstructs my view of Venus.”

To save the planet from destruc­tion, Bugs makes off with the Aludium Q-36 Explo­sive Space Mod­u­la­tor that the Mar­t­ian has built.

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Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Sahara Hare

Sahara Hare

CotD: The new Looney Tunes theme music begins with “Sahara Hare, a hare of Bugs and Sheik Riff Raff Sam in the desert.

Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While dig­ging a tun­nel head­ing for Miami Beach, Bugs some­how ends up in the Sahara Desert. He trudges through the desert and sees a mirage. He dives in the mirage and takes a bath.

After get­ting “footy prints” all over the Sahara, he meets up with bed­sheeted ban­dit “Sheik Riff Raff Sam” (played by Yosemite Sam, of course), who rides through the desert on his mis­guided, hump­backed camel. Sam, with towel-dispensing head­dress, runs Bugs down. Bugs is dry­ing his eyes and uses Sam’s head­dress as a towel. Sam stops his camel from charg­ing by hit­ting him over the head, thus giv­ing him another hump. He also tells the ani­mal, “Whoa, mule, whoa, mule!” Sam chases Bugs into a nearby deserted For­eign Legion fortress, bat­tling Bugs in an unsuc­cess­ful attempt to get in (Bugs locks him out).

Sam tries to get an ele­phant to charge the door. Bugs releases a mouse, and the ele­phant flees. Sam tries to enter by pole vault­ing, chis­el­ing out one of the blocks, and try­ing to approach the fort with stilts (he smacks into a rock wall). Sam makes a giant sling­shot using two trees and a rub­ber band; it throws him into a big tree. He finds a secret (labeled!) entrance and opens one door after the other till the last one, which is con­nected to explo­sives. Daffy Duck shows up at the very end.

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The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Scarlet Pumpernickel

The Scar­let Pumpernickel

CotD: One of Daffy’s great­est star­ring roles, “The Scar­let Pumper­nickel” has our favorite duck at his ego-maniacal height.

The Scar­let Pumper­nickel (1950) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Daffy “Dumas” Duck has writ­ten his own screen­play which par­o­dies The Scar­let Pim­per­nel and tries to sell it to “J.L.,” the stu­dio head. The car­toon con­cerns itself less with “The Scar­let Pim­per­nel,” Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s tale of an heroic fig­ure who smug­gles doomed noble­men out of Paris dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion, than with mock­ing swash­buck­lers in gen­eral and Errol Flynn in par­tic­u­lar (Errol is men­tioned no less than three times).

Daffy plays the title char­ac­ter, a dash­ing high­way­man (as Flynn) with an unspec­i­fied mis­sion in life, except to irri­tate the Lord High Cham­ber­lain (Porky as Claude Rains). The Cham­ber­lain, real­iz­ing that his daugh­ter Melissa is the Scar­let Pumpernickel’s true love, arranges to marry her to the Grand Duke (Sylvester as Basil Rath­bone), hop­ing that this will flush the Pumper­nickel out of hid­ing. Elmer Fudd has a small part as the pro­pri­etor of the King’s Nos­tril Inn.

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Boom Boom (1936) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Boom Boom (1936) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Boom Boom (1936) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: Rarest of the rare, a leap year car­toon is hard to find. But we do have “Boom Boom” a Looney Tunes short from 1936.

Boom Boom (1936) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Porky Pig and Beans, his friend, are in the army together. When a car­rier pigeon brings them news that Gen­eral Hard­tack is being held pris­oner, Beans motor­cy­cles to the res­cue, drag­ging a reluc­tant Porky beside him in his side­car. The two res­cue the gen­eral and make their escape in a con­ve­nient air­plane. After they land amidst an explo­sion, the three ban­daged char­ac­ters share a hos­pi­tal bed. The gen­eral passes along one of his medals to Beans, who gives half to Porky.

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Picador Porky (1949) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Picador Porky

Pic­a­dor Porky

CotD: An early Porky short, “Pic­a­dor Porky” is Mel Blanc’s first appear­ance in a Warner Bros. short.

Pic­a­dor Porky (1949) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Slum­ber­ing peace­fully ‘neath the warm caresses of the noon­day sun lies the sleepy lit­tle vil­lage of La Rosita.

It presents a scene of serene qui­etude and beauty as its inhab­i­tants enjoy a mid­day siesta pre­ced­ing the annual bullfight.

The soli­tude is bro­ken only by the occa­sional strains of a soft guitar.”

Stone broke, Porky and two gringo-dog bud­dies have hoboed to a Mex­i­can town, appar­ently on a drinking-binge vaca­tion. They stum­ble (and we do mean “stum­ble”) across a sign about the annual bull­fight­ing con­test; the win­ner will receive 1,000 pesos. Porky and his two pals decide to cheat their way to the money by rent­ing a bull cos­tume and a mata­dor out­fit in order to win the prize. The plan is to sub­sti­tute two of them in a bull cos­tume for the real thing, with Porky fight­ing off the phony bull and then split­ting the loot. But the old switcheroo takes place instead. In the bull­ring, it’s quite a while before Porky real­izes that it’s not his friends in dis­guise, but a real (and very mean) bull whom he’s been out there abus­ing for the audience!

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Mississippi Hare (1949) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mississipp Hare

Mis­sis­sipp Hare

CotD: While a pop­u­lar Bugs Bunny short, “Mis­sis­sippi Hare” was one of 12 pulled from rota­tion by the Car­toon Net­work for its 2001 “June Bugs” marathon.

Mis­sis­sippi Hare (1949) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs stows away on the river­boat “The South­ern Star.” He plays poker against river­boat gam­bler Colonel Shuf­fle. Bugs, with seven aces, beats Colonel Shuf­fle, who has only six.

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Gift Wrapped (1952) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Gift Wrapped (1952) - Looney Tunes

Gift Wrapped (1952) — Looney Tunes

CotD: I won­der what Sylvester wants for Christ­mas? Watch “Gift Wrapped” and see what he gets!

Gift Wrapped (1952) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Sylvester can’t find a stir­ring mouse on Christ­mas Eve, and is over­joyed when Santa brings Tweety to Granny as a present. Sylvester switches Christmas-gift tags so he receives Tweety instead of a toy. Granny is puz­zled when her gift is a rub­ber mouse, but then real­izes what has hap­pened when Sylvester burps up Tweety’s feath­ers. Tweety dis­tracts Sylvester with another gift: a large bull­dog, which devours the cat. Granny promptly beats the dog’s behind until Sylvester is spit out. He resumes his ploys and tor­ments of Tweety until Granny has had enough.

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Attack Of The Drones (2005) — Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Attack Of The Drones (2005) - Looney Tunes

Attack Of The Drones (2005) — Looney Tunes

CotD: One of a series of 6 “Larry Doyle” Looney Tunes, “Attack Of The Drones ” never made it into the­aters (even more were never even finished!).

Attack Of The Drones (2005) — Looney Tunes Car­toon Series

Duck Dodgers cre­ates a group of robot repli­cas to destroy a space men­ace; then he lets the hero robots loose. Bad things happen.

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Baseball Bugs (1946) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Baseball Bugs (1946) - Looney Tunes

Base­ball Bugs (1946) — Looney Tunes

CotD: The Gashouse Goril­las take on the home­town favorites the Tea Totallers in “Base­ball Bugs”… also look for one of the ani­ma­tors names proudly dis­played on the bleachers.

Base­ball Bugs (1946) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

The home­town Tea Totallers trail the brutish Gashouse Goril­las (42 to 0) until Bugs Bunny takes con­trol of the field. Ready to slide into home, the quick-thinking bunny pulls out a pin-up to dis­tract the catcher.

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Daffy’s Rhapsody” debuts in theaters February 10

Daffy's Rhapsody still

Daffy’s Rhap­sody still

Movie­go­ers see­ing the 3D fam­ily adven­ture “Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous Island” are in for a bonus reel of laughs and action with Daffy’s Rhap­sody.

The orig­i­nal Looney Tunes car­toon short makes its the­atri­cal debut in tan­dem with the fea­ture film release from New Line Cin­ema and Warner Bros. Pic­tures, open­ing across the United States on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10.

Three new images from this pic­ture have been released, and are nopw on the BCDB site. Click through the Car­toon Pic­tures From Daffy’s Rhap­sody link to see the newest images.

In Daffy’s Rhap­sody, a brand-new escapade star­ring Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, a relax­ing evening at the the­ater turns into hunt­ing sea­son when Fudd is sur­prised by the unex­pected appear­ance of his per­pet­ual and ever-elusive tar­get, Daffy. As Elmer gives chase, Daffy clev­erly evades him while regal­ing the audi­ence with a song that illus­trates his plight — how hunters never leave him alone.

Fea­tur­ing an orig­i­nal story and all-new ani­ma­tion, the short stars the voice of the late, leg­endary Mel Blanc in Daffy’s song, recorded in the 1950s, along­side acclaimed voice actor Billy West’s cur­rent char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Elmer Fudd. Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, it is the sec­ond in a new series of three orig­i­nal 3D car­toon shorts cre­ated for the­atri­cal release, in keep­ing with Warner Bros. Animation’s com­mit­ment to present the Looney Tunes on the big screen as they were first enjoyed and embraced by audi­ences around the world.

Sam Reg­is­ter, exec­u­tive vice-president for cre­ative affairs of Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, served as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on Daffy’s Rhap­sody, as well as the first short of the series, last year’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. He says, “Every­one grew up lov­ing the Looney Tunes char­ac­ters, and it has been both a great honor and an enor­mous chal­lenge to con­tinue the legacy of these ani­ma­tion icons and intro­duce them to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans. To hear the incom­pa­ra­ble Mel Blanc voic­ing these char­ac­ters once more is noth­ing short of a dream come true.”

As with Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous IslandDaffy’s Rhap­sody will screen in both 2D and 3D, and in IMAX where avail­able, in the­aters across the U.S.